Traditions still survive + Obit of Lt..Col. Graham, CD, HLI
- As reported in the The Kitchener/Waterloo Record - a Canadian Newspaper - for the Americans,Brits and others on this group Kitchener/Waterloo is a city about an hour west of Toronto
Elgins Reserve Regiment granted Freedom of the City of Waterloo
Before a large flag-waving crowd, town crier Scott Fraser on Saturday granted the Freedom of the City of Waterloo to over 100 members of the 31 Combat Engineer Regiment, commonly called the Elgins.
This designation to this army reserve unit based in Waterloo and St. Thomas (Ontario, Canada) is one of the highest honours a municipality can bestow on a military group and is a symbol of the city's gratitude for their service, Mayor Brenda Halloran told the crowd gathered for the ceremony at the Waterloo Public Square. Freedom of the City honours, akin to a Key to the City designation more commonly used in the United States, is bestowed on esteemed members of a community or to organizations that have provided heroic service.
"The city thanks the reservists for their courage, hard work and commitment," Halloran said. Formed in 1866, the Elgins are the military engineer branch of the Canadian Forces. They have participated in both World Wars, and more recently have assisted Canadian troops in Bosnia and Afghanistan.
Attending this event from Scotland was Lord Elgin, the unit's honorary Colonel and Regiment namesake.
Centuries ago, legend has it, granting freedom of the city gave troops seeking shelter the right to pillage and plunder upon entering a community.
Today, it is a tamer, more ceremonial event. It allows the troops to march through the city with bayonets fixed, colours flying and drums beating.
"We are just grateful that times have changed and we can be confident with the behaviour of our troops in the city," Halloran said in an interview.
By day, Ron Ormson is the director of engineering for the city of Waterloo. At night, he is a reservist with the Waterloo-based 48 Engineer Squadron."It is a part-time job for us," he said. At the end of the 30-minute ceremony, the town crier yelled, "Three cheers for the Elgins."The crowd then clapped and yelled, "Hip, hip, hooray," to the troops as they marched past.
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Lieutenant Colonel Albert Graham of the Highland Light Infantry of Canada which is now The Royal Highland Fusiliers of Canada passed away last week at the age of 96. Lieutenant Colonel Graham was buried on Saturday, September 12, 2009.
Lt.-Col Albert Peter Graham, CD 1913 - 2009 Albert (Al) Graham passed away peacefully in Mississauga September 4th, 2009, three days before his 96th birthday. Al settled in Kitchener following his Army service in Europe during the Second World War where he married his late wife Joan Evelyn Marquand after meeting her at a dance for servicemen at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London, England. After the War they settled in Kitchener where Al joined the local Militia, was subsequently promoted Lt.-Colonel and for three years (1959-62) commanded the Highland Light Infantry of Canada headquartered in Galt. In 1979 his service and contribution to the regiment was recognized when he was named Honorary Lt. Colonel, a distinguished appointment he held for five years. Al continued to serve the regiment, now known as the Royal Highland Fusiliers of Canada (RHFC), both as a member of its Regimental Council and a director of the Regimental Trust into his late 80s. During his time in K-W, Al was a district representative for the Globe and Mail located on King Street and Louisa Street in Kitchener. He moved to the Globe's Toronto head office in 1960 as director of circulation a position he held until his retirement in 1978. During their time in K-W, and their affiliation with the RHFC, Joan and Al built many long lasting relationships and a strong bond with the community. Al is survived by his son Bryan Marquand Graham (Susan), his daughter Anne Elizabeth Gotro (Robert) and grandchildren Jennifer Ruth Hare (Joe), Jeffrey Bryan Graham and James Marquand Graham, and great granddaughter Jessica Susan Ruth Hare all of Mississauga. Friends may call at the Turner & Porter 'Peel' Chapel, 2180 Hurontario St., Mississauga (N. of QEW) on Friday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. A Celebration of his Life will be held in the Chapel on Saturday, September 12, 2009 at 11 a.m. If desired, donations to the Ian Anderson House or CNIB would be appreciated by the family. For photo visit http://www.lifenews.ca/waterloorecord/search?atype=Classified&sort=EnterDate+desc&kw=2009-09-10&r=EnterDate:20090910&r=FullCategory:"Publication%2fKitchener%2fWaterloo+Record"
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